British dignitaries get tour of China Lake

By MATTHEW DENNY

NAWCWD Public Affairs

Sir Peter Westmacott, the British ambassador to the United States, toured China Lake on Dec. 11. Accompanying him were Air Marshall Greg Bagwell, deputy commander of operations for Great Britain’s Royal Air Force; Air Commodore Ken McCann, air attaché for the British Embassy; Group Capt. Bill Gibson, assistant air attaché, and RAF Group Capt. Andrew Burton.

Scott O’Neil, the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division executive director, gave a China Lake overview as the visitors met with him, NAWCWD Commander Rear Adm. Mike Moran, NAVAIR Range Department director Terry Clark and other Weapons Division leaders.

“I am here for two reasons — to see just how close the United States and the United Kingdom armed services work together on testing and devising new equipment,” Westmacott said. “It’s part of the unique defense relationship be-tween Britain and America.

“The second reason why I have come today is to observe a test of American and British equipment working together and understand how this very important potential for future collaboration between weapons systems and our industries is going, and to show my support for it.”

The dignitaries toured the NAWCWD Range Control Center and the United Kingdom Air Warfare Center at China Lake, as well as observing live-fire tests.

“The ambassador’s visit was a testament to the importance of the work we do every day on the NAWCWD Ranges,” said Andy Corzine, associate director of the Land Ranges. “The trials he was able to witness were good examples of the critical test and evaluation capabilities we provide in support of our Navy, joint and coalition warfighters.”

Story First Published: 2013-12-18